Look At These Massive Rattlesnakes In Alabama & Mississippi!

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I’m no rattlesnake expert like some of you across the south but I know massive rattlesnakes when I see them, and two venomous hogs created content this week in Alabama and Mississippi. WVTM (NBC) 13 in Birmingham, Alabama fired off a tweet Thursday showing a rattlesnake crossing a road at Oak Mountain State Park, which is 20 miles south of Birmingham and then posted a photo of another massive rattler that didn’t survive in Simpson County, Mississippi.

A huge debate has broken out on the Mississippi rattlesnake size because of the angle at which the photo was taken. I’m not here to debate the killing of the rattlesnake. I’m here to say I want nothing to do with either of those snakes. I don’t care if there’s forced perspective by the person who used his/her phone to take a photo of the dead snake.

I know what I’m seeing in the video out of Alabama, and my ass would be hauling for the safest space I could get in if that thing came within 100 yards of me. The Bama snake experts say that’s a timber rattlesnake and it’s protected. I’ll take their word for it. The Smithsonian says that the timber typically checks in at 2.5 to 5 feet in length, but they have been known to get to 7 feet long.

That’s right, I’m going full lib and jumping in a padded wall safe space and curling up in a ball. I get that some of you grew up wrestling venomous snakes and have them as pets, blah, blah, blah.

Not me, dawgs. I’m out on this one. I’ll gladly provide the timber with all the room he/she needs.

MISSISSIPPI RATTLESNAKE 🐍🐍 This is from Simpson County Mississippi… Killed today. NOTE: The snake looks much bigger…

Posted by Christopher Pipkin – 16 WAPT on Thursday, July 22, 2021

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. The biggest one I’ve seen in person was a 6′ Diamondback in my shed. He was as thick as my arm. Animal Control caught him and released him in a nature preserve outside of town. He never got agitated. Never rattled or tried to bit anyone. He tried to get away.

    • I’m not going to say rattlesnakes are harmless because they’re certainly not, but I think about 99/100 rattlesnake bites to humans are people jacking with them. Still though I see a snake I kill it. I don’t care if it’s a grass snake, and I don’t mess around with a stick or shovel. .410 bird shot works every time.

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